Do you have a craving for pasta that you just can’t kick? Fill your cravings and do a pasta tour of Chattanooga. Here are 5 Italian restaurants in Chattanooga that need to be at the top of your list.
Provino’s Italian Restaurant
For vegetarians looking for variety, Provino’s is the place to go. Their options include everything from lasagna to tortellini filled with artichoke hearts, spinach, and eggplant. For meat-eaters, there’s also an abundance of options. There are veal dishes cooked in every way imaginable, as well as an entire seafood page and several chicken entrees.
While the Hummingbird Pastaria looks small from the outside, the decor really helps the restaurant feel spacious once you’re inside. And even if it did feel cramped, it’d be worth it for their food. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced date night, this is the place. The pastaria is up on Signal Mountain, but it’s worth the drive, and maybe you can even go to Signal Point Park afterwards to digest and get an unbeatable view of the river.
Cafe Roma is closer to Cleveland then it is to Chattanooga, but it’s too good to not claim it as our own. Their menu is simple, but it includes all of the classics like bruschetta, penne bolognese, cannelloni, and, of course, tiramisu. They also have an extensive wine list, so you’re sure to get the perfect pairing to go with your food. If you don’t get enough wine at the restaurant, you can always go to the Ocoee Winery, just a short 15 minute drive away.
Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria
You can find Tony’s nestled into the Bluff View Art District. If there’s a small wait for your table, you can always go walk around the sculpture garden. Or, after dinner, you can go right across the street for coffee or dessert at Rembrandt’s Coffee Shop. However, you may not have any room left after eating at Tony’s, which always promises a good hearty meal. Between the homemade garlic loaves and copious pasta dishes, you’re bound to leave with plenty of leftovers to take home with you.
For upscale Italian dining, Alleia is the place to go. Their menu is seasonal, but one thing that is always available — and a can’t miss — is the grilled romaine salad. You’ll also find plenty of pasta dishes. Plus, they cook their pizzas in their handmade masonry oven. As if the food alone isn’t enticing enough, the decor is unmatched. There’s high ceilings, an open kitchen, and a wax sculpture made by simply letting 5 large candles drip onto the floor.
Text by Katherine Polcari